Tuesday, January 19, 2016

VIP Syndrome may cost life

VIP Syndrome may cost life.

Common men go to the service providers, whether he is a barber or a doctor. But when he becomes VIP, the service providers come at his home. Isn't it? When a collegian student become an IAS officer or a people's representative become an office bearers of government, he becomes VIP. The common men get services with the basic infrastructure support of the service providers but the VIP get only the man to serve him. Sometimes in emergency, if VIP goes to the doctor, his identity as VIP becomes a block for the doctor to take independent decisions. Playing safe takes away the safety of the VIP. The VIP gets the services of the doctor who hasn't hands-on the work for long, and may be the reasons for complications of life in some cases. 

Do you know Chimanbhai Patel, MA (Economics)? Two times CM of Gujarat, he was Hanuman of Shri Morarji Desai. He was the vibrator of Gujarat politics and at one time vibrator of the national politics. He was visionary but minority governments didn't give him chance to excel. Politics used to take away his maximum time. Still he used to contribute a lot on files. Navnirman agitation took away his CM's chair in 1974. His dislikes for direct recruit IAS prevented the inflow of three batches of IAS during his second spell. He lost his life as CM in 1994 in VIP syndrome. He may not be at fault but his near ones couldn't wake up. The doctors killed vital time of life saving in search of the disease in dark.

It was election time of 4 Rajsabha MPs. Chimanbhai put his full force in getting the 4th man elected as he was short of few votes. I think the candidate was Jayantilal Shah. He was unwell due to upper respiratory problems but he was awaiting for the elections to get over. In coughing condition, he used to conduct meetings and attend the office. But when the infection spread below the throat, instead of going to the hospital, the doctors were called at home. And that was the greatest mistake. The disease which could have been detected with a plain X-Ray of chest free of cost, was not been detected for two days by the doctors. As VIP, he was not moved to the hospital but a portable machine was brought at home. The small machine couldn't find the cause. As a result, few patches of pneumonia multiplied in that vacuum of two days and blocked his way of oxygen in the lungs. He sunk and died. The doctors remained busy in academic discussions and the drug penicillin discovered by Alexander Fleming in 1928 or suitable antibiotics couldn't save his life on 17 February 1994.

His fight and success for Narmada Dam construction and vision for building environment infrastructure for industrial development will be remembered for long.

Be careful when identify you as VIP. There is a risk of life.

19 January 2015


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